Friday, August 22, 2008

A Sticky Situation

It is not surprising to learn the persuasive power of Post-It sticky notes. (Yes, Post-It is a 3M brand name.)

Researchers found that more people responded to a survey if the request to fill it out was accompanied by a Post-It.

Better yet if the Post-It had a personal, handwritten message.

By extension, what other applications can we derive from this sort of personal attention?

Bloggers who engage their readers build a community of followers, right? (I'm not sure. You tell me.) Some very successful blogs allow for no comments at all.

So, does the blogger merely pro
vide the illusion of being interactive with the blog's readers? Or does the blogger communicate with every visitor on the side, under the table, sotto voce, so to speak? Under the table. Sotto voce. I love the audio pronunciation thingy Merriam-Webster gives us, don't you? Sounds so lascivious and naughty. Stop smirking, you, sitting in front of the computer.

Just this once, I promise to personally respond to every person who comments, either directly or in the comments box.


zara said...

promises, promises...

Pawlie Kokonuts said...


You are so new here (as far as I know). Who new? Thanks for your un-brand-name post, it, namely: "promises, promises..." Well, there is a brand involved here and it's called "Zara."

Ralph said...

Is using a generic non 3M 'post it' acceptable, or do we defer to the original patent holder in capturing our random thoughts?

Pawlie Kokonuts said...

I won't be litigious. Post, or post-it, or Post-it away. your thoughts are too thoughtful to qualify as random.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

Oh good, because it's been far too long since I heard from you anyway... ;o)

Sotto voce... would it sound presumptuous of me if I said that I say that from time to time and *none* of my friends knew what it was but some of them smile and roll their eyes now?
Presumptuous and pretentious... yes.
But I love saying it.

People love to respond to personal attention, whether in person or by an intangible personal touch(i.e. a hand written letter in the mailbox). It imparts that the receiver bears some significance, and don't we all want that?

How are you?

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Patti said...

PK, I look forward to your personal response. I know it will be friendly, yet insightful.

Pawlie Kokonuts said...

World traveller that you and V. are, you are entitled to drop foreign phrases like rose petals on garden pavers, like so many coins upon a server's tray, like so many visa stampings on a passport.

Faithful reader that you are, I hereby give you these Post-It notes for your fridge: Peace, You're the Best, No. 1 Wife, Mom 1, Top-Notch Writer.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

*THAT* is absolute poetry, and it made me smile enormously.

Thank you!!

Scarlett & Viaggiatore.... the world travelers...

Pawlie Kokonuts said...

You're welcome indeed.